Apr 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) looks to pass the puck against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Ilya Kovalchuk Retires from the NHL

6:22 EST – Ok folks, I am going to officially close up the live updates. Thanks to everyone that followed along, I appreciate it. Stay tuned to Pucks and Pitchforks for any breaking news. Lou will surely make a blockbuster trade.

Thanks again everyone and remember, In Lou We Trust.

5:54 EST – The hate, nerves, and shaking has slowly been disappearing in me. Things are also slowing down on Twitter with new news and it seems that moves are being talked about right now. I’m not closing up the live updates just yet but soon it will be time considering any fresh moves for the Devils will certainly be the headline. There still aren’t too many rumors yet and it seems that, as usual, Lou is keeping a tight lip on any possible moves. There’s no way that he is just sitting there doing nothing.

5:27 EST – In an attempt to calm some nerves, I’ll leave this here. This is what fellow colleague Mike Stamas had to say:



5:16 EST – Greg Wyshynski has reported that the rumors are that Kovy will make $20 million a season. Wow. I know you have family there but the money doesn’t help the Devils’ cause either.


Update 5:10 EST –

SKA will announce the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk tomorrow.



    • Lots of options out there for the Devils now. Dustin Penner and Mikhail Grabovski are two players I would love to snatch as soon as possible. The Devils could also trade for Thomas Vanek or even sign Damien Brunner.
    •  Tom brings up a very good point. Now, neither are Devils.


    The summer of 2010 will go down as the one that forever changed the Devils organization.

    — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) July 11, 2013



    UPDATE: 4:34 EST: More and more information is seeping out about Ilya.

    • He has officially signed his retirement papers and his contract is now voided.
    • Ilya had actually asked Lou about possibly staying in Russia during the lockout.
    • Now speculation swirls whether or not Lou truly has a backup plan in place.



    UPDATE 4:08: Now that I have composed myself for the most part..

    Lou has seemed to know that Kovy could retire. HOPEFULLY he has a plan now. The Devils will not get their first round pick back for next year as that was a punishment for signing the contract. A contract that doesn’t even exist anymore.

    Well, the irony is that Henrique shouldn’t be any trouble to sign now. God forbid Lou trades Henrique to get a big name guy. I don’t even know what Lou could have up his sleeve at this point.

    Stay tuned.


    UPDATE 3:56 EST:

    Devils do not have to pay Kovalchk if he’s retired. Can void his contract once he officially retires.

    — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) July 11, 2013


    UPDATE 3:52 EST: There are rumors that the contract is voided because he has retired but that is unconfirmed.


    In a shocking turn of events, Ilya Kovalchuk has retired from the NHL.

    According to Lou Lamoriello, Ilya has been pondering this for a long time.

    Everyone…just everyone is shocked right now.

    It has been reported that Ilya is going back to the KHL and moving back close to his family.


    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not a fake story. Ilya Kovalchuk has retired from the NHL.

    Plenty more to come on contract issues and what this means.

    Devils Army, hang in there. We all know what you are going through right now.





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